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Read up on news affecting graduate student life at UofSC and the groundbreaking, innovated projects keeping our students, faculty and staff at the top of their fields.

Statement on UofSC Face Covering Policy

Interim President Pastides issues a statement on the university's updated face covering policy.

Clavon to be the Graduate School's Senior Diversity Recruiter

Kesha Clavon will join The Graduate School as Senior Diversity Recruiter. In this appointment, Clavon will play a key role in advancing the University of South Carolina's mission for recruiting and enrolling a diverse graduate student population.

UofSC Fall 2021 COVID-19 Guidelines

Read the letter from Interim President Pastides to all Columbia campus students, faculty, and staff about the mitigation plan for Fall 2021.

Breakthrough Leader: Xiaoming Li

Since joining the university in 2015 as director of the South Carolina SmartState Center for Health Care Quality, Xiaoming Li has authored or co-authored 179 scholarly publications and instituted an interdisciplinary campuswide Junior Scholar program that has successfully trained 41 doctoral students from different disciplines.

UofSC Alum Builds Network for Black Women in Social Work

Bodequia Simon, who earned her undergraduate and master's degree in social work at UofSC, founded the Black Girls in Social Work organization. The organization helps more than 20,000 members around the country network and learn about the profession.

Graduate Students: Health Insurance Update

A memo from the Graduate School and the Office of the Provost with an update regarding graduate student health insurance subsidies.

Faculty, Students Expand Infectious Disease Research in Parallel with Providing COVID-19 Support

Ph.D. in Epidemiology graduate students Kyndall Dye-Braumuller and Katie Lynn have held critical roles in leading the Laboratory of Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases founded by assistant professor of epidemiology, Melissa Nolan. The lab offers hands-on research experience in an atmosphere rich with mentorship.

Breakthrough Star: Vanessa Kitzie

College of Information and Communications Researcher, Vanessa Kitzie, is examining how information institutions like libraries can better serve LGBTQIA+ people in communities, particularly in South Carolina. Kitzie uses some of her external funding to support two doctoral students who work with her on her research.

High-flying Photography

Journalism and Mass Communications graduate school alumnus and associate professor Van Kornegay, has created a new visual communications course that will teach students to fly camera-equipped drones that have become a go-to tool in news gathering, infrastructure inspection, and more.

McFadden Professors Program Carries Legacy of Impact Forward

Dr. John McFadden directs the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program, which helps prepare underrepresented minority students pursuing their graduate studies at the University of South Carolina to eventually become professors.

Paul's Journey to Nationals Involves a Mother's Love and Sacrifice

Malik Paul's journey to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships is one of hardship, sacrifice, determination, faith and a mother's love. The South Carolina graduate student is headed to Oregon after qualifying at the NCAA Regional last week.

Public Health Researcher Uses Big Data to Improve Well Being

2021 Breakthrough Star, Bankole Olatosi, who completed his doctoral training in the Arnold School of Public Health, is using big data science to improve health care.

Summer 2021 Mask Guidelines

The university Public Health Team has established new guidance for the summer safety and mask guidelines on campus. Read the May 26 message to the community outlining the updates.

Master of Health Administration Alumnus Leads Efforts to Bring Vaccines to Rural Residents

Public health graduate Jacob Evans and an interdisciplinary group of experts from Prisma Health helped establish the state's first rural mass vaccination site in Laurens County. Thanks in part to his efforts -- and desire to work in rural South Carolina -- Prisma has administered more than 10,000 vaccines at that location.

Fulbright Offers UofSC Students Opportunities for Research and Study Abroad

Four UofSC students won Fulbright grants in three separate areas this year. The office of National Fellowships and Scholar Programs announced the first two Fulbright grants for graduate study in the UK.

Ph.D. Student Wins Graduate Student Trustee Fellowship

Agnes Nzomene Kahouo Foda reflected on how her personal immigration experiences influenced her decision to pursue a doctoral degree. These experiences and research goals helped her earn a trustee fellowship from the university.

College of Education Alumnae Recognized as Tops in Their Profession

UofSC College of Education alumnae Amy Carter and Christina Melton have been recognized as the state's best in their profession. Christina Melton has been named the 2022 state Superintendant of the Year and Amy Carter has been selected as the 2022 South Carolina Teacher of the Year.

Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremonies

The University of South Carolina Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8. An in-person recognition ceremony for 2020 graduates will be held on Saturday, May 15. All ceremonies will be in-person except for the School of Medicine, which will be virtual. In addition, all ceremonies will be livestreamed online.

Social Work Alumna Leads Nonprofit Through COVID-19 Crisis

Kimberly Tissot was met with a challenge in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the executive director of Able South Carolina, a Columbia-based organization that provides services to people with disabilities, Tissot had to find a way to continue offering services to those in need.

Graduate Students: Health Insurance Update

A letter from the Graduate School and the Office of the Provost regarding graduate student health insurance subsidies.

Alumnus Transforms Taiwanese Political Party

University of South Carolina graduate Johnny Chiang became chairman of Taiwan's oldest political party, the Kuomintang, in 2020, not long after the party suffered a crushing electoral defeat. His term has been marked by rising tensions with China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory.

Ph.D. Graduate Learns Success Can Come from Failure

It has been quite an adventure for Hossam Tashkandi, who arrived in the U.S. on scholarship from his native Saudi Arabia in 2005. Since then, he has earned both his bachelor's degree and master's degree in biological sciences from UofSC and will graduate with his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from the College of Pharmacy this May.

Sylvain Becomes New Vice Dean in the Office of the Provost

Angelina Sylvain has joined the University of South Carolina as the special assistant to the provost and the vice dean of graduate education. In this dual appointment, Sylvain will collect and provide data analytics to inform the financial, policy and programming decisions of both the Graduate School and academic affairs at South Carolina.

Discover UofSC 2021

Discover UofSC, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, will be held on Friday, April 23, 2021. The Discover UofSC event website, built on the iPosterSessions virtual conference platform, will go live at 7 a.m. on April 23.

Give 4 Garnet: A Day of Giving

Give 4 Garnet: A Day of Giving celebrates all that is special about our UofSC home. On April 21, giving day focuses on the programs and learning opportunities that abound across UofSC's colleges, schools, departments and campuses.

 

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